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The end of Watt

At Charlton at least. According to Rich Cawley the enigmatic Scottishman travelled to Belgium today to sign for 2nd Division side OH Leuven. Watt is in his last year of his Addicks’ contract and it is unsure whether Charlton can cash in with a fee or the 23-year old goes on a season long loan leaving him a free agent in the summer.

This will be Watt’s third time in Belgium and his 9th club and this stop off in Flanders has to be his last chance to form some sort of prolonged career for himself.

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Reeves signs

At last. More will he wont he’s than a vegetarian sat in front of bacon sandwich.

Ben Reeves, a long time target of Karl Robinson, signed a 2-year contract this afternoon. Reeves is an attacking midfielder with a good eye for goal and played 86 league games in 4-years for MK Dons scoring 24 goals. The Dorset born 25-year old has 2 Northern Ireland caps.

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Keeps signs

The goalkeeper spot has been a summer priority and it was a surprise that so few names had been mentioned in dispatches. Dillon Phillips has appeared not have grasped the opportunity during pre-season and an experienced ‘keeper became a necessity. Ben Amos was linked with us a few days ago, and signed on a season long loan this morning from Bolton.

I personally would have liked to have seen a permanent signing but there are a whole raft of young or out of favour keepers around and a loan was always more likely. The last negotiations came down to how much we would have to contribute to Amos’ hefty salary that he negotiated for himself when he joined Wanderers from Man U on a free in 2015.

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STVV take another one

If Cristian Ceballos was always going to depart then it begs the question why Karl Robinson used him extensively in the pre-season games thus far. I don’t suspect the ex-Spurs player was one of the highest earners, and those that saw him in Ireland and at Greenwich said he impressed. He may have done a job, although every time I think of Ceballos I think of that corner.

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Ajose and Tex leave

As some of us anticipated no new players were going to be granted to Karl Robinson until some of the existing squad he inherited was to be shifted. Robinson hinted as much today after the Welling game, and sure enough STVV couldn’t wait to pull the trigger on the news that Jorge Teixeira has signed for them on a 3-year deal for which one would put their mortgage on, an undisclosed fee.

Whether Tex’s 12k a week salary has been completely moved off Charlton’s books or this is a Duchatelet accounting function we will never know, but with the highly paid Nicky Ajose also gone, although one would assume Charlton are still paying part of his wages, it should give Robinson some renewed armoury in the transfer market.

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A team of Ricky Holmes’

Well just the 10 more to find. 

Great news from the club today ending the ‘will he, won’t he’ saga of the Charlton summer thus far. After Ricky Holmes signed a new three year contract he said “I want to play for this football club and there seems to be a better vibe around the whole place. Hopefully, we can all get together and get promoted this season.” (More)

Good vibes indeed and a good statement of further intent. Hopefully. Holmes was the subject of much interest from Sheffield United, who apparently bid at least twice for the 30-year wide man. Blades’ neighbours Wednesday and Cardiff City were also said to have been watching his contract situation closely. 

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Jason Pearce extends contract

With Ricky Holmes’ contract still sat unsigned in Katrien Meire’s office, he is away on holiday incidentally, it was Jason Pearce who grabbed the Bic and scratched his name onto a contract extension.

Pearce had a contract until 2019, but with other clubs sniffing around, Pearce added a year to it, which is very good news. Pearce was influential and the stat on the OS that from the 23 games he started, we took 38 points, and when he didn’t we won 22, speaks for itself.

Pearce is a winner, and we need winners.
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